It’s our last week on squeezes, you’ll be pleased/sorry to hear. I love this deal from Orlando, Florida, which goes to show that the squeeze is not the answer to everything.
Declarer won West’s King of Diamonds lead with dummy’s Ace, cashed the King of Hearts, then followed with a spade. East grabbed the Ace-king and led the Knave. Declarer ruffed the third spade and led out all his Hearts.
On the last Heart, West was squeezed down to two Clubs, to keep the Queen of Diamonds. Dummy’s Knave of Diamonds could now be discarded, to leave AceKing-knave of Clubs. Declarer led a Club to the Ace-king, knowing that there was no point in finessing, given that West’s last card was the Queen of Diamonds.
Lo and behold, the Queen of Clubs fell—11 tricks made. It was a perfect show-up squeeze.
Another declarer went a different route (in Five Hearts). Winning the King of Diamonds lead with dummy’s Ace, he cashed the King of Hearts, then followed with the Ace-king of Clubs.
If the Queen hadn’t fallen, he would have exited with the Knave of Clubs. West would win the Queen, but have to lead a Diamond, promoting dummy’s Knave, or a Club (giving ruff-and-discard). Declarer knew from the bidding that West held no spades.
In fact, the Queen of Clubs fell, so declarer now ruffed a Diamond, crossed to the Knave of Clubs and led the Knave of Diamonds, discarding a spade. West won, but, with no spades to lead (as declarer knew from the bidding), had to lead a minor. Declarer ruffed in dummy and shed his last spade from hand to make 12 tricks. A beautiful Loser-on Loser play.
Our second deal is a rather optimistic grand slam. (1) too strong for an immediate Heart raise. (2) ace-showing cue bid—south is worth a slam try given his fine shape and controls. (3) ace-showing cue bid, denying the ace of Diamonds. (4) Loves his void Diamond.
West did well to stay off the Ace of Diamonds, deducing correctly that south would have a void to jump to the grand slam. He led a passive Heart. Declarer won dummy’s King and led a second Heart to his ten, East discarding a Diamond.
At trick three, declarer led a spade to the Queen with his fingers crossed. success—the finesse succeeded. He now crossed to his Ace-king of Clubs and ruffed a Club. If the suit had split 3-3, he would have two long cards and could have discarded two spades from dummy to end his problems. However, East discarded on the third Club.
Declarer ruffed a Diamond back to hand and ruffed a fourth Club. He led over to his Ace of Hearts, cashed the fifth Club, then led his last Heart. West had to discard from King-ten of spades and the Ace of Diamonds, dummy (crucially discarding after) holding Ace-small of spades and the King of Diamonds.
West had to let go the ten of spades, to retain the Ace of Diamonds. Dummy’s King of Diamonds was now released, whereupon a low spade to the Ace felled West’s King and declarer scored the last trick with his promoted Knave of spades. Grand slam made.